Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Henry Hector MacKenzie

In memory of
Flying Officer
Henry Hector MacKenzie
January 3, 1944

Military Service:

Service Number:
J/18188
Age:
24
Force:
Air Force
Unit:
Royal Canadian Air Force
Division:
198 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information:

Son of Henry Hector MacKenzie, M.D., and Marie MacKenzie, of New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 373 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
MARISSEL FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY ; Pas de Calais, France
Grave Reference:
Grave 206.
Location:
Marissel is a commune on the east side of Beauvais. Beauvais is a Cathedral City in the Department of the Oise.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Grave Marker
  • Grave Marker
  • Group Photo – Henry with his mother.
  • Photo of Henry (Harry) Hector MacKenzie – Henry (Harry) was best friends with  James Arthur MacDonald who also served with the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Harry and James grew up together, signed up together, and flipped a coin between them on Jan. 3/44 to see who would fly the sortie.  Harry won the toss but lost his life that day.  James was lost February 7/44, just one month and four days after Harry. 
Sixty-five years later a group of five French military historians and enthusiasts began the lengthy task of recovering what was left of Harry's plane and arranging with the city council to memorialize Harry's sacrifice by naming a street after him and using his Typhoon engine as a memorial at the city hall.  These ceremonies will take place on June 25, 2011.
  • Photo of Henry (Harry) Hector MacKenzie – He is seen proudly receiving his wings.
  • Photo of Marie MacKenzie – Harry's mother is seen here reading a book and nearby is a photo of her son, Harry.
  • Plaque – Plaque gifted to the French group who recovered Harry's engine which became a memorial solemnized at Sacy le Grand June 25, 2011. A number of the MacKenzie family present.
  • Group Photo – The French group who worked for two years at recovering JR 523 (Harry's plane and engine) from the swamps of Sacy.  Photo of group, from left to right : Gérard Lequien, Anthony 
Pitois, Eric Fardel, Sylvain Chedeville, and Dominique Lecomte
  • Street – The new street in Sacy le Grand christened "F/O Henry MacKenzie" on June 25, 2011.
  • Group Photo – Robert and Elizabeth Taylor presenting 
gifts to members of the recovery team and their families  Robert spent years tracking down Harry's 
relatives.
  • Biography – Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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